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assad is expressing confidence he can ride on deadly chaos in his wore torn country. 13,000 people have been killed so far since the widespread fighting between assad ace g's government and riots began. thousands are being killed every week in that country. they are predicting 100,000 more could be killed. 3,000 are killed every day. what about assad and his future and the future of his nation. joining us a former ambassador of the united nations john volt. >> glad to be with you. >> there seems to be a stalemate. what in your view do you think will finally tip this? which way? >> i am not sure it's going to be tipped one way or the other any time soon. assad has been cleared for quite sometime he does not intend to relinquish power voluntarily. and he has reason to think that he can hang on as long as russia and iran continue to finance and supply him. they have been the bedrock of his offenses and the opposition while it made gains has not been able to shatter his regime has not been able to push him out. i think the prospect of this going on as it is thousands of silians being killed
>>> issue three. assad's call to arms. >> syria's president, bashar al- assad issued a call for a quote unquote total national mobilization. to defeat syrian nationals rebelling against him. the conflict is nearly two years old. it is estimated to have killed more than 60,000 people. assad's speech hammered home how far out of reach a political answer is to the civil war now raging. the u.n., by the way, is describing the hostility as a civil war. assad was addressing an audience of loyalists in the opera house in central e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e e importance of total mobilization. "syria will only exit this calamity by converting this energy into a total national mobilization to save the country from the clutches of a crisis that has no precedent in this region." the address marked president assad's first address to the nation in more than six months. he denies there was a popular uprising against his family's rule. now in he called the conflict and insurgency a handful of syrians and many foreigners, terrorists holding the views of al qaeda. they call themselves jihaddists and we
are in the middle of winter. no blankets. it is a very grim picture for people. >> bashar al assad still in power, not going to step down. russia the key player there. that is just one outside influence. we have the united states and the u.k. wanting him to step aside. you have things happening to the south and to the coast. what sort of environment are we looking at in terms of what assad might do next? >> it is extremely chaotic and unpredictable. because of the internationalization, much has been said this is part of war. with the money coming into it and the weapons, money from the gulf country to the rebels. it is a regional conflict. the fighting is taking place and has regional complications. >> chemical weapons. i believe his statement is he said earlier he is alluding to the chemical weapons and said it could involve u.s. troops saying you have to keep the possibility that if there is a peaceful transition and international organizations get involved that they might ask for assistance in that situation. so defense secretary paneta discussing troops and the weapons. >> for u.s. and israel
but also undermining those efforts by saying that the removal of president assad from power cannot be a precondition to talks. this comes as rebels have taken control of a strategically government air base in northern syria. syrian military helicopters. rocket launchers and tanks. >> for months syrian jets have pounded rebel fighters and civilians from above. some of the regime air strike is crucial to the opposition. particularly as cold winter weather has limited ground operation. with the help of god, we will not stop this rebel says no matter how difficult the circumstances become. if it's cold or snowy, we will persist until we are rid of this regime. set back as syrian troops reportedly took back control of a suburb outside damascus that rebels held fighting has intensified near the capital in recent months. on monday, 15 nations will submit a letter to the u.n. security council requesting that syria be referred to the international criminal court. this move would open up syrians on both sides of the conflict to war crime prosecution. but this latest diplomatic move will do l
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